Following on from producing and conducting the scores for Christopher Nolan’s previous films (The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Zimmer returns with his latest soundtrack for Nolan’s latest film ‘Interstellar’. The soundtrack album for the film sees Zimmer employing some new ideas and techniques, resulting in a soundtrack experience that perfectly encompasses the film it was composed for. Whilst some soundtrack albums might come across poorly when listened to independently from their accompanying films, it seems Zimmer’s managed to produce a wonderful album experience that is easily enjoyable as a stand-alone album experience, as well as one that works perfectly for its film.
The strengths of Zimmer’s score seems to be in his minute and delicate touch in each of the tracks. There’s a wonderful timbre to the music as it slowly sets the scene up, before manipulating emotions through its sound and pace. At times, the score seems minimalist, using small minute instruments and techniques to set the scene, before building up into incredible and emotional movements. Driving forces in the tracks seem to be the motif of ticking clocks, which play a huge part in how the music guides itself, and how it presents itself as a musical piece. It’s all perhaps one of Zimmer’s most impressive soundtracks, and one that is incredibly enjoyable as an album experience.
Although Zimmer’s score works incredibly well as an album experience separated from the accompanying film, it seems that it makes much more sense in context of the film. One who has seen the film will more than likely find the separate movements of the soundtrack to be an incredible listening experience, and one that brings back the majesty of the film itself. One who listens to the soundtrack without having seen the film might find it all to be rather enjoyable, as it is a very strong album experience, though the real context would be completely lost.
‘Interstellar: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ is perhaps one of Zimmer’s best pieces of work to date, perhaps even outshining the now significant soundtrack of ‘Inception’, whose musical motifs seem to have become a standard in modern Hollywood movies. Zimmer seems to have taken more of a step back in his compositions, relishing much more in a subtle approach to the music, rather than going for the big and dramatic. (not to say that music on this particular soundtrack isn’t dramatic!). This is perhaps a good example of a perfect soundtrack where every single element comes together cohesively in an incredibly strong way, working well to support both great music and great film.
- ★★★★★ 5/5
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Hans Zimmer’s latest album ‘Interstellar: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ is out now.